Posted by Jenn F. on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
When it comes to Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) treatment, one must first find the cause. Last year, researchers at the Institute of Neurogenomics at the Helmholtz Center in Munich, Germany discovered the underlying causes of RLS. After studying 46,000 people, they discovered 13 new gene variants that raise the risk of developing the condition, which affects up to 10% of US and European populations.
People with “restless” feet and legs experience a host of terribly unpleasant sensations, ranging from itching, aching, and tugging, to the feeling of insects crawling beneath their skin. RLS most commonly strikes at night, but can also trouble people during long flights, road trips, theatre performances, or while dining out. Fatigue worsens the severity of the symptoms. Imbalance of the neurotransmitter dopamine is the cause of these feelings, traced back to errors in embryonic nervous system development.